McCain Hires Lawbreaker as Campaign Manager

John McCain just hired the worst man in the world to run his campaign, Terry Nelson. Nelson was an unindicted co-conspirator in the TRMPAC scandal as a key point of contact between Tom Delay and the RNC.  He was James Tobin's boss during the 2002 New Hampshire phone-jamming scandal, for which Tobin was convicted.  He also worked at the head of opposition research for the NRCC this cycle, where robocalls from Republicans pretending to be Democrats were the norm all over the country.  Nelson also produced the racist bimbo ad against Harold Ford.

This guy is pure Straight Talk Express meets campaign reform.  It makes a lot of sense to put legislation through the Senate on public financing and campaign fraud, because that will put McCain on the defensive.  He'll be stuck between the wingnut base which doesn't trust him on campaign finance reform, and his centrist chops.  

And Terry Nelson will hang around his neck, as he should.  This is a man who just breaks the law with impunity, and he's running the campaign of Saint McCain.

Tags: John McCain, Terry Nelson (all tags)



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Wow. I'm not sure how much a campaign manager sways voters, but it's not about voters here, it's about pundits, McCain's #1 constituency. And this is the kind of thing that'll sway pundits ... poor Chris Matthews must be torn between his man-love for McCain and his disgust at the racist "bimbo" ad.

McCain's campaign finance reform included a scam to help Senators running for President and left a huge loophole for the Swift Boat Vets to drive their lies through, and then he hires one of the sleaziest guys in America to run his campaign.

The Straight Talk Express is barreling down the tracks ...

by BriVT 2006-12-07 06:55AM | 0 recs
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While there are a lot of downsides to the 24/7 news cycle and the need to fill it with inane punditry, if it creates time to get stories like this out to the public, it can serve an important purpose.  Thanks to all-news stations and the Internet, voters are more savvy than they used to be about who runs campaigns and the strategies they employ.  The Dems need to make this hiring a campaign issue before Nelson ever makes his first commercial.  Cut him off at the pass. The anti-Ford ad needs to be kept in the spotlight.  

by jukesgrrl 2006-12-07 08:18AM | 0 recs
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Is this move to pre-empt Obama?
Sad, really
McCain is a likeable guy, but I guess after finding himself screwed one too many times by wackos, he's adopted a lot of their playbook
This is what it takes to stay afloat in the Repub party at this point
Hopefully Americans won't be buying it anymore
by jimpol 2006-12-07 07:00AM | 0 recs
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In case not clear above, meaning this suggests (strongly) what sort of a campaign would be waged against an Obama candidacy, not to mention Hillary
Whoever the Dem is must be prepared to deal with a craven situation
by jimpol 2006-12-07 07:02AM | 0 recs
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Is the S&L/Keating Five stuff still viable against McCain?

by fwiffo 2006-12-07 07:26AM | 0 recs
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Last May, regarding Terry Nelson's possible involvement in the Tobin phone jamming scheme against Democrats in New Hampshire, John McCain said that he had "no qualms" about Nelson's ethics. Can you believe it? I had marveled (aghast) in 2004 that the Republicans would have kept these creeps on as long as they did. Tobin tried to use every last measure of the law to shield him from the filth that he did and the Republicans never lifted a finger to oust him until it was certain that he'd be found guilty. I believe they lost the 2006 elections because of the unethical filth they've willingly shielded and defended. And now McCain is shielding one of them as his very own. There must be a political price paid for this. Writing about it and continuing to talk about it, as you've done, Matt, will help to exact the fitting price.



by iddybud 2006-12-07 07:44AM | 0 recs
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McCain is going to go down in flames if he keeps running to the right. They never have liked him, and eventually, the mainstream media will wake up from their fantasies and recognize that the McCain of 2008 sure as hell ain't the same one from 2000.

by PsiFighter37 2006-12-07 07:53AM | 0 recs
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When the MSM confronts McCain on the merits of his decision to hire Nelson, I'll believe it possible for them to "wake up from their fantansies." But not until then.

by bamboo 2006-12-07 08:15AM | 0 recs
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Nelson also worked as a senior adviser for Wal-Mart.   He was sacked after Wal-Mart got heat from the Harold Ford, Jr. ad Nelson created.  But, he was one of the major leaders in the Wal-Mart war room, trying to convince America that poverty-level wages and unaffordable health care are good for our community.

by jbird 2006-12-07 08:52AM | 0 recs
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Exactly, Jbird. I was about to add that comment. So scuzzy that WalMart fires him, and McCain thinks he's terrific.

by joyful alternative 2006-12-07 11:54AM | 0 recs
Sounds like good issue to start cutting McCain

lead.  One of his big accomplishments was McCain-Feingold...campaign finance reform and shows him as a bipartisan kind of guy.

A corrupt guy as campaign manager can blunt that issue for McCain.

by BrionLutz 2006-12-07 09:18AM | 0 recs
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So McCain had "no qualms" about the phone-jamming; I suppose that goes for the robo-calls, too. Will those be investigated in the new congress? I understand such calls were frequent in the Philadelphia area, according to a friend who lives in Rosemont.

When some recipients gave up voting, as quoted in reports online and in newspapers, we have a serious situation.

by Books Alive 2006-12-07 09:46AM | 0 recs
by liaozhi123 2007-09-02 08:22PM | 0 recs
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